MANY people are guilty of having a wee when they’re swimming in the sea. However it turns out that doing the deed could actually be harmful for the sea in some places. Part of the reason that Maya Bay in Thailand – made famous in The Beach - was announced to be closing indefinitely earlier this month was due to tourists urinating in the sea. Boats full of visitors were also offloading the contents of their toilets into the famous bay, harming coral and marine life. The Telegraph reports that “urine is 95 per cent water, but it also contains sodium and chloride ions – the same chemicals that make seawater salty”. Pee is less salty than seawater is, making ocean water slightly less salty when mixed together. Urine is also full of waste products such as urea, which comes from breaking down protein in the human diet, as well as bacteria and traces of drugs like antibiotics and contraceptives. Of course, the ocean is a vast place – the Atlantic contains … [Read more...] about Why you should never wee in the sea when swimming in these places
Human impacts on coral reefs
We’ve all been there: one minute you’re splashing about in the waves, the next, your bladder is clamouring to relieve itself there and then. So, do you just go with the flow, and wee in the sea, or do you get your feet all sandy and endure the torture of trying to locate a public toilet on land? It seems that most of us have opted for the easy option on at least one occasion. According 2014 poll by YouGov, half of Brits have admitted to urinating in the sea or ocean, and 52 per cent think it’s OK to do so. Rivers and lakes are seen as fair game by a smaller number; here 17 per cent of us admit to having taken a tinkle, while 31 per cent think that this is acceptable. But is their assumption correct? Last week, the Thai government announced that it was closing Maya beach – “The Beach" of Leonardo DiCaprio movie blockbuster fame – indefinitely, in order to give nearby coral and marine life an opportunity to recover. At least part of the problem, say … [Read more...] about Is it OK to wee in the sea?
At the dialogue, information on the newly approved Special Report of the IPCC on the impacts of global warming of 1.50C and related global greenhouse gas emission related pathways, known as Global Warming of 1.50C, were also shared.Deputy Minister of MONRE, Mr. Le Cong Thanh said “As one of the countries heavily impacted by climate change, Vietnam has actively implemented international commitments and efforts to cope with climate change. Vietnam has issued a Plan for the Implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, with a focus on implementing its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). The dialogue focuses on issues related to the response actions to climate change in Vietnam; promoting cooperation, connection with development partners, scientific community, enterprises, organisations and individuals to response to climate change.”Mr. Le Cong Thanh, Deputy Minister of MONRE. (Photo: Khac Kien)The IPCC is t he global body for assessing the science related to … [Read more...] about IPCC presents findings of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.50
September 6, 2018 by lesleymurphy 1 Comment Puerto Rico, Park City, Scottsdale, Aruba, Norway and a lovely place called Honduras. Volunteering in Honduras with Humanity and Hope It all started one December morning in Vermont while filming a show called The Bachelor Winter Games. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it 😉 Benjamin Higgins and I were sitting on the floor engrossed in conversation for two hours when we realized we had lots in common. Apart from receiving roses, crying on national television and being mediocre at winter sports, purposeful travel fills our souls. I was telling him how much I adore the island of Puerto Rico and had just partook in some disaster relief with a few non-profits out of Miami when he began to let me in on why Honduras stole his heart. When we found out we had a mutual friend who had big interested in both locations, we agreed to make a visit to each location together. Cut to February. I had a fake key in my pocket and Winter … [Read more...] about Volunteering in Honduras with Humanity & Hope
From Banana Boat to Coppertone, major sunscreen brands will soon have to revamp their products or stop selling them in Hawaii.State lawmakers passed legislation in May that would ban skin-care companies from selling and distributing sunscreens on the islands that contain two chemicals deemed damaging to coral reefs. The bill was opposed by various companies and business associations and even some dermatologists, who worry that the ban may discourage people from wearing sunscreen at all.But Gov. David Ige (D) signed the bill on Tuesday, making Hawaii the first state to enact legislation designed to protect marine ecosystems by banning such sunscreens.The ban — described by state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D) as “a first-in-the-world law” — goes into effect in 2021.The bill introduced by Gabbard, SB 2571, states that the chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, “have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems.” The … [Read more...] about Hawaii just banned your favorite sunscreen to protect its coral reefs